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Free summer activities in Colchester

Free summer activities in Colchester

We have lots of amazing, free events coming up in the Colchester branch throughout August. We have several Test it with Tea sessions running. These tester sessions will allow you to come and join us to try out lots of the materials we stock! It can be hard deciding between brands or venturing into a new medium when you aren’t quite sure how it works. This is the perfect opportunity to try before you buy, pick our brains for advice…

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Testing alcohol inks at Tindalls Colchester

Testing alcohol inks at Tindalls Colchester

In store we decided to test Piñata Alcohol Inks on different papers and surfaces. We tested on Yupo Paper, Bristol Board, Cartridge Paper and Mix Media Paper initially. The Yupo Paper is ideal, because the surface itself is less porous, so the inks sit on the surface as opposed to soaking in slightly which causes the colours to lose their vibrancy. This means we can come back at a later point and rework the piece just by adding more ink…

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Free Demonstrations at Colchester – 2019

Free Demonstrations at Colchester – 2019

FREE Demonstrations – Everyone is welcome, attendance is free, no need to book – product discounts on the day! We have some really exciting new artists demonstrating in Colchester over the next few months. All of our demonstrations take place on a Saturday, 10am – 4pm, are free to attend and we will be offering discounts on the products used. On Saturday 4th May we have Emma Traynor with us who will be using oil pastels in addition to oil…

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Easter Drop in Crafts at Tindalls Colchester

Easter Drop in Crafts at Tindalls Colchester

For Easter we are holding some drop in crafts in store. We are open 11am – 4pm on the bank holiday Friday and Monday. Between 11.15am and 3.30pm you can come in and use Brusho or marble some Easter shapes – bunnies, chicks and of course eggs – for just 20p and if that is not fun enough we also have little clay eggs to decorate with Posca pens for £1. We love Brusho and the Marabou Easy Marble Inks…

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Watercolour Landscapes – the Importance of Atmosphere and Tone with Susan Boddy

Watercolour Landscapes – the Importance of Atmosphere and Tone with Susan Boddy

Workshop report by Hannah Shepherd Saturday 23rd February at the Colchester store. Materials used: Winsor and Newton Artist watercolor paint (limited palette) Rough paper (140lb)  Brushes – flat, round 12 and 8 and rigger Jakar Daisy Palette Faber-Castell water pot Susan Boddy was with us in Colchester looking at atmosphere and tone in watercolour landscapes. Susan spent a lot of time demonstrating for the students and speaking about colour mixing and the students then worked on Bockingford paper for their…

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What’s on in Colchester in March 2019!

What’s on in Colchester in March 2019!

Written by Hannah Shepherd We have got lots of exciting events on in March, including two free demonstrations with artists who have not previously demonstrated with us which we are really looking forward to. We kick off the month with a demonstration with Vicky Rosenthal on Saturday 2nd March. Vicky is a watercolourist and will hopefully be holding some classes with us over the summer. Vicky will be with us from 10am – 4pm and we will be offering discounts…

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Janie Pirie Coloured Pencil Taster Session report

Janie Pirie Coloured Pencil Taster Session report

This took place at our Colchester shop on 9th February 2019 Janie Pirie was in the Colchester store on Saturday teaching a free two hour taster session. She focused on drawing grapes as they are small and a great starting point for someone new to coloured pencil. The students were taught about the best paper to use for coloured pencils and how to use and blend them. Taster sessions are a great way to test out our workshops at Colchester….

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Michele Webber’s course Getting Started in Watercolour

Michele Webber’s course Getting Started in Watercolour

A review – by Hannah Shepherd This workshop took place at our Colchester shop on the 5th February 2019 Michele Webber’s course Getting Started in Watercolour was very popular, we had fourteen students very interested to gain some experience. The students were taught about the materials you will need to start watercolour painting, including: Watercolour paper Watercolour paint Watercolour brushes Palettes Michele spoke about the differences in watercolour paper surface and weight and then moved onto some small exercises with…

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Buildings and Architecture in Dip Pen and Wash. Workshop with Susan Boddy

Buildings and Architecture in Dip Pen and Wash. Workshop with Susan Boddy

Review by Hannah Shepherd Susan kicked off our 2019 workshops with a fully booked class studying buildings and architecture. The students worked using lots of different materials including: Dip pens with a general drawing nib Bamboo pens Winsor and Newton Indian ink Cartridge paper for practicing on Hot pressed watercolour paper for final images A selection of watercolour brushes, Fineliner Pens Limited palette of Winsor & Newton watercolour paints Susan had a full class of students and they had a…

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Upcoming Demonstrations in Colchester.

Upcoming Demonstrations in Colchester.

We have two exciting new demonstrations coming up in the Colchester branch. Vicky Rosenthal is with us on Saturday 2nd March 2019 and she will be demonstrating in watercolours. Vicky loves to paint impressionistic flowers but also paints dramatic skies and trees. Vicky will be here from 10am – 4pm working on a piece. Vicky will be able to answer any queries you may have about watercolours and we will be offering discounts in store on the products Vicky uses….

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